A Review of the Fall 1996 Tour

Date: November 16

From: The sleez that goes CRUNCH!!!! (bdotlich@indiana.edu) Subject: Review of Cincinatti tool show on november 16 1996 Do you remember the Glam-Metal of the 80's? The hair, the makeup, and the gimmics??? Well if seeing psychotica did anything for me it provided me with an unfortunate reminder that glam is still alive and well in the 90's. Many people bought into the glam of the 80's, in much the same way that people buy into bands like Marylin Manson and Psychotica. And where are those CD's now you ask?? The used record stores are full of disks by suck (oops freudian slip such that is) such classics as Poison, Winger, Ratt, Twisted Sister...I could go on all day. My point is that Psychotica was a very silly band and I do not believe that they are worthy to open for tool. I mean you had the one guy who did the "serious" (for the lack of a better word) vocals. and then you had this pig tail whearing other guy. Every thing he said sounded like the Makerana. What a bunch of posers. I was not fooled for a second. So yes glam is still alive and well in the 90's, It just manifests itself in the form of White Zombie, Maralyn-Manson, and Psychotica. POSERS!!! There was an intermission after the cheeze that was the opening act. At one point the soundman started playing music that sounded like it was supposed to be intro type music. Tool, however did not come on for another 25 minutes after that. I must admit that going into the show, I had no idea what to expect. I thought that one of 2 things would happen. I expected either the same croud that I saw at the pantera concert, or it would be abunch of looser high school kids who don't know how to enjoy a good show. I was very supprised to see that it was a little bit of everybody. I stood next to some really cool people. But I also saw some looser punks and even a few frat-type guys in white Nike hats and Tommy Hagerfeild shirts. It felt so good to hit them in the mosh pit. Overall the band was incredible. I didn't know what to expect from them either. I thought maybe that they would come out on stage drunk and drugged like so many other disappointing bands I've seen before. Maynard and the band were really tight together on stage. The closeness between the drummer and the bassist that is so present on the album is even more live. The guitar pierced the air with its mammoth sound. It was all topped off by Maynard's distinctive voice and vocal style. These guys are as good if not better live than on album. My only complaints about the show is their choise in opening song. Don't get me wrong, I think 3rd eye rocks. I just don't think it is suited for a live setting. If anything they should have at least put it somewhere else in the show and opened with something a little more lively. I for one would have like to seen them open with the title track to the new album. They didn't play my favorite song, crawl away, but overall it was a great show....check these guys out...just make sure you miss the opening band sincerely CybrSleez